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The Biz of Art Panel Discussion at Femme Fatale
(Left to Right) Messay Derebe (Co-Founder, goARTful), Maggie O'Neill (Artist + Co-Founder, 
SWATCHROOM + Founder, SUPERFIERCE), Morgan Davis (Founder, Distinctly Creative), Haili Francis (Commissioner, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities), Naomi Christianson (Artist + Founder, The Omi Collective), Del Wilson (Fellow, BEACON)


BEACON ended 2018 by celebrating our community of women founders. As we continue to support D.C.'s women entrepreneurs through visibility, programming and more, learn about how we're building a movement with you and offer your feedback here. Your insights and ideas are integral to our work, so please share!

BEACON was featured in Tackling the Gender Gap: What Women Entrepreneurs Need to Thrivepublished by the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship. Check it out for inspiration and insights on our nation's best practices for supporting women founders.


BEACON is thrilled to partner with the Wonder Women Tech Global Summit on Jan 26th in Washington, D.C. Our community members are featured as both speakers and panelists, so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to network, acquire new skills, and support diversity and inclusion in tech!  Check out "Upcoming Events" for discounted tickets - available only for the BEACON community.

Here's a snapshot + view the full agenda here

 | Towards Inclusive Tech: Buiding Ecosystems with Intentionality 
4:30pm | She Can Code, Too: Increasing Cross-Generational Access to STEM 

Also, don't miss BEACON + General Assembly in conversation with Sarah Bayot, Founder/Designer of Kicheko Goods - DC-based social enterprise that designs and makes distinctive pieces that invest in education in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Register here for this free event!

Interested in partnering with us? Submit a Partnership Request Form and we'll be in touch! 
Upcoming Opportunities
Accelerators, Incubators, and Pitch Competitions

SXSW Release It is a special pitch competition held on the opening day of the SXSW Conference, March 9. Ten companies will be selected to launch a new product or service during this SXSW season. Apply by 1/19.

The Black upStart's Black Entrepreneurs Bootcamp will take place in Washington, D.C. in two cohorts: 1/25-1/27 and 2/9-2/11. Workshops are hosted evening and weekends. Rolling Admission.

Tech Startup Spotlights are casual exhibitions that bring 20 of the most promising startups together in a reception setting during the SXSW Conference. Ongoing due date.

The Vinetta Project's Venture Challenge Showcase is now accepting applications! Founders who advance to the final showcase compete for a game-changing prize package, including $20,000 cash. Make sure you meet pitch guidelines and apply by 2/21.

The EnrichHER Spark Conference is designed to help entrepreneurs with coaching, capital and connections. The May conference will feature an Entrepreneurship Showcase open to any women-led business owner who applies + purchases a ticket to any EnrichHER conference or summit on or by 2/14.

The JumpFund invests in early-stage, women-led, high-growth ventures. Ongoing due date.

Think Local First DC is looking for interns! Are you or someone you know interested in working on projects critical to building a strong local economy in our nation's capital? Send your resume + why local matters to you to

Do you know of opportunities that could benefit the BEACON community? Email to share!
Resource Spotlight
Grow Her Business, a project of the National Women's Business Council,  is a searchable repository of nearly 200 premiere, growth-oriented programs. This platform will serve as a resource of valuable information and guidance for women entrepreneurs seeking to grow and scale their businesses. The platform will be an easy-to-use platform functioning as a data repository for relevant tactical resources on how to ideate, launch, and grow a business.

Click here to learn more.
Community News
Upcoming Events
1.8-2.19 (Monday's)Ward 7 Creative Economy Entrepreneur's Bootcamp

1.9 (Monthly through Nov 2018): Webinar: Why & How to Certify Your Business as Woman-Owned

1.10-2.21 (Wednesday's): Ward 8 Creative Economy Entrepreneur's Bootcamp

1.11: DC Government Economic Development Open House

1.13-3.3 (Saturday's): Wards 7 & 8 Creative Economy Entrepreneur's Bootcamp

1.12-1.13: Prospectus Business Bootcamp presented by Walker's Legacy (Promo Code: WLNEWYEAR)

1.15: Sales Guru at HeraHub DC

1.15: Marketing Guru at HeraHub DC

1.16: Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize "Bark Tank "Pitch Competition

1.19: Women in Consulting - DC Meetup

1.19: Support Women Entrepreneurs at Silver Cathedral Heights Happy Hour

1.20: Mentorship Roadshow: Women Mentoring Women presented by HeraHub, InnovatorsBox, and 12PointFive

1.20: Minding Your Business: An Entrepreneurship Workshop Series on Marketing and Social Media 

1.22-1.26: Build a Dream Workshop for Aspiring Entrepreneurs, presented by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development  

1.23: D.C. Bar Small Business Brief Advice Legal Clinic

1.24: Let's Talk Finances with Jason Feimster, presented by MET Community

1.25: DC Inno Pop: Startups to Watch @ General Assembly

1.25: weconnect DC Startup and Tech Networking Mixer powered by Google

1.25: Designing Solutions for Social Challenges, presented by the Nashman Center for Civic Engagement & Public Service and the GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship 
1.26: FinTech Friday Happy Hour

1.26: Wonder Women Tech Global Summit (Promo Code: BEACONDC)

2.1: Master Mobile Photography Like a Pro - Live Workshop resented by Darden Creative (Promo Code: BEACON30)
Do you have a women-focused event to share? Upload it to the BEACON website to reach hundreds of women entrepreneurs in the DC-area!
Entrepreneur Spotlight

LiveWell is an integrative health coaching practice for successful, busy, ambitious and open-minded women who suspect that the war with what they eat and their bodies goes beyond finding the perfect diet. LiveWell promotes the adoption of long-lasting habits that support healthy lifestyles by tackling common mindset-related, practical and nutritional obstacles. 

Click here to learn more and don't miss her upcoming event on 1/13!

LiveWell was founded by Lina Salazar, a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She left a career in international development to support women who desire to make peace with food and what they eat. She's a lawyer and political scientist and holds a dual Master in Public Administration (MPA) from Science Po, Paris and Columbia University in NY.

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